Most of the people already know what kind of food is good for their body and follow that regiment.
However, it is also, very important to know when to eat, which opens the door to a whole new world. Here you can find the best food suggestions for every moment of the day.
7 A.M. TIME TO PERK UP!
The fruits with the smell of citrus give alert to your body and stimulate it to produce the happiness hormone, serotonin. As it is rich in vitamin C it’s boosting your immunity and waist-whittling effects.
Recommended – a half of grapefruit before meals may help reduce visceral (belly) fat and lower cholesterol levels.
It is rich in minerals and vitamins and can be added to smoothies or omelets. In addition, it’s a robust source of iron, which plays a significant role in perking you up and prevents from anemia (fatigue and sluggishness) when the levels of iron are very low.
The eggs are packed with choline (a boosting brain vitamin that stimulates energy function), the protein and unsaturated fats that keep you sharp and alert. The protein is metabolized slowly, so it gives you energy that lasts throughout the day without weighing you down.
9 A.M. BEAT MORNING STRESS
- GRAPE JUICE
A number of research that suggest grape juice as a cure is growing from day to day. According to study at the University of Leeds, consuming 12 ounces of grape juice daily can have long-lasting positive effects on memory and overall performance for stressed individuals.
When you are stressed, you probably look for some comfort in the wrong places, such a bag of potato chips. The nutritionists suggest avocados as an anti-stress secret, as eating just one-half of an avocado may prevent unnecessary snacking.
A study published by Pennsylvania State University recommended pistachios for reducing the body’s response to the stress. Unlike most other foods, you should eat them moderately.
1 P.M. FOODS THAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED
- COW’S MILK
It can be a part of a balanced diet but also can have negative effects on your energy levels. Because the dairy is not always digested easily, especially when large amounts are ingested.
- PEANUT BUTTER
After you eat peanut butter sandwich you feel a little sleepy. The containment of the amino acid tryptophan in peanut butter can make you tired. Make sure to keep it to one serving and pair it with energy boosting superfoods.
- FRENCH FRIES
Everyone knows that foods loaded with simple carbs are not good because they cause blood sugar spikes and dips that result in brain fog and sluggishness.
3 P.M. FOODS TO BEAT THE AFTERNOON SLUMP
- DARK CHOCOLATE
A bite of dark chocolate can do miracles for your mind and body. According to study out of the Nestlé Research Center, those who faced stress problems had lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in their system after two weeks eating chocolate every day. Be careful, look for the dark chocolate.
Having in mind that our bodies are made up of 50-65 percent water, that amount should be always balanced, the body is hydrated.
If you are feeling the 3 P.M. collapsed, think first about hydration of your body. In such a case, have a water bottle with you and refill it at set times.
The peppermint has the ability to decrease fatigue and increases alertness. You can practice chewing on peppermint gum or sip on a cup of peppermint tea.
5 P.M. FOODS THAT FUEL YOUR BODY AFTER A WORKOUT
- CHOCOLATE MILK
The chocolate milk is an athlete’s wet dream, pre or post workout was confirmed in a study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
In this study is shown that those who eat the chocolate milk before riding stationary bikes were able to ride 49 percent longer and pedal harder than others.
Many of athletes eat watermelon as a post-workout superfood. The watermelon juice helps to reduce the level of muscle soreness and helps to rehydrate your body.
To alleviate muscle cramps after an intense workout, you need potassium, which is essential for muscle recovery. However, besides that bananas increase lean muscle mass because they contain magnesium.
7 P.M. FOODS THAT FILL YOU UP WITHOUT FILLING YOU OUT
The salmon is one of the best fish for cardiovascular health and weight management, because of its containment of omega-3 and protein. The best solution is to opt for wild salmon, as farm raised is higher in mercury, calories, and fat.
The starch in the beans is “resistant” type of fiber that takes longer to digest than others and allows you to stay full longer.
The quinoa contains a satiating protein, gut-friendly fiber and nine essential amino acids, making it the only grain to be considered a complete protein.
It is best for dinner, because of its amazingly versatile wholesome ingredients. Use it as a substitution as a side for rice (in salads or making quinoa bowls).